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Ros Scott Bell
Call 1993
Specialisms: Regulatory, Licensing, Agriculture, Crime
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Tel: 0191 232 1927


Email

r.scottbell@trinitychambers.co.uk

Ros Scott Bell


Described in the leading legal directories "her craft and oratory skill make her superb to watch in court" Legal 500 2017, and one who, “sees the key issues, focuses on them and drives home her points effectively”.  She is a “perceptive and precise advocate”. Legal 500 2016  she is described as "highly proficient in broader regulatory cases...Always extremely well prepared and utterly fearless in court."  Legal 500 2015, "Well regarded in professional discipline, trading standards and licensing." Legal 500 2014 "Her varied practice includes a significant amount of prosecution work for the HSE and local authorities".  Highlighted as specialising in food safety and trading standards in the 2013 Legal 500 under Health and Safety and Regulatory and "Recommended" in the 2012 Legal 500. In the 2011 Legal 500 she has ‘an eye for detail, is immensely thorough and can get to grips with the most complicated of regulatory cases’. In the Legal 500 2010 she is described as " persuasive, gains the ear of the court". Further details can found on:

www.rosscottbell.co.uk

 APPOINTMENTS

  • Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (formerly General Medical Council) Legal Assessor
  • List B Specialist Regulatory Advocate in Health and Safety and Environmental Law
  • Member of the Bar of Northern Ireland
  • Appointed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to hear Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) Appeals
  • Grade 4 Prosecutor and Rape Panel Member

SPECIALISMS

  • Regulatory crime, including trading standards and environmental health.
  • Professional disciplinary and misconduct proceedings.
  • Firearms and alcohol licensing.
  • Serious crime, principally fraud, drugs and violence.
  • Courts Martial

EXPERIENCE

Health and Safety Offences

Ros prosecutes on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities, having been appointed to the HSE specialist Panel.  She is regularly sought after to defend both companies and individuals in such matters.  She regularly advises from a very early stage in proceedings in order to give direction to the gathering and accumulation of evidence, and the drafting of charges or defence statements as appropriate.  Recent cases include:-

HSE v VERTELLUS SPECIALITIES UK LTD [2017] - Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations were breached, exemplified by a serious fire at a chemicals site in Middlesbrough.

HSE v ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES LTD AND PARK, GATE AND COMPANY LTD [2017] - a contractor, undertaking electrical cable replacement works at a factory, received burn injuries from cutting through a live cable.  Defendants were “medium” and “large” under the new Sentencing Guidelines.

HSE v BT PLC [2016] - case involving life-changing injuries to two employees as a result of deficiencies in construction and maintenance of electrical systems and work at height. Sentence under the new Sentencing Guidelines.

DARLINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL v ALDI FOOD STORES LTD AND WILKLINSON MAINTENANCE LTD [2016] - involved  Aldi contracting Wilkinson for construction work. Work was not adequately particularised in the latter's RAMS. An unsecured smoking shelter blew over causing injury to an employee of Aldi. Both defendants liable under HSWA '74 and fined under new Sentencing Guidelines.

HSE v BRIMMS CONSTRUCTION LTD AND M&C ROOFING CONTRACTORS LTD [2015]  - Case involving a fall from height by a roofer through a rooflight. Obligations of principal contractors. CDM Regs, Bad character.

HSE v WRIGHT(Trading as PW Joinery and Building Services) [2015] - involved  a fatal fall of an employee from a ladder and inadequate construction and maintenance of scaffolding.

HSE v GATESHEAD COUNCIL AND CONNELLY [2014] - Involved Gateshead Council contracting with Connelly, who was not suitably qualified, to fell trees adjacent to a live railway line.  Tree caused significant damage to track and oncoming train. Duties of contracting companies, even where no involvement by them in the contracted work. Duty to conduct 'due diligence' checks on contractors.

MIDDLESBROUGH BOROUGH COUNCIL v SAINSBURY'S SUPERMARKETS LTD AND WINCANTON GROUP LTD [2014] - injuries caused by roll cages toppling over when off loaded from lorries

HSE v STANNAH LIFTS SERVICES AND C G GRANT [2014] - case involved the fall through a rooflight located in Stannah premises by an employee of C G Grant, a roofing company. Duties of contracting companies, even where no involvement by them in the contracted work. Duty to conduct 'due diligence' checks on contractors.

Trading Standards and Food Safety

Ros' practice also involves Consumer Protection law. This ranges from breaches of Food Hygiene Regulations to Fraud, and covers all manner of investigations into businesses and traders. Increasingly common is the use of the internet by traders, and misleading actions and omissions can occur through inaccuracies on websites. The following are examples of recent cases:-

REDCAR AND CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL v COOKE, COOKE AND AEDIS [2016] - Breaches of consumer protection regulations - rogue builders. Case also involved non-compliance by the independent building control specialist, in relation to the failure to provide material to RCBC. Advising at very early stage, pre-charge, right through to trial and sentence.

REDCAR AND CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL v FAIDULLA[2016] - Food hygiene regulation breaches. Fast Food outlet repeatedly breaching standards. Advised on charges, venue and offences to be 'taken into consideration' after further breaches discovered.

REDCAR AND CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL v HADDEN [2016] - Breaches of Consumer protection Regulations by builder. 7 different complainants.

GATESHEAD COUNCIL v E-GREEN ENERGY LTD, COCHRANE, BISHOP AND GREEN [2015] - Case involved the sale of 'Green Deal Assessments' by the Defendant company (and directors). Consumer protection issues, cold calling, bombardment of people by unsolicited phone calls.

NATURAL ENGLAND v STOKER FRATER - Natural England withdrew proceedings after the submission by Ros of a skeleton argument, alleging abuse of process, detailing numerous failures (by Natural England) to comply with the Codes of Practice within PACE.

NORTHUMBERLAND TRADING STANDARDS v MICHAEL STONEHOUSE - involved Cattle Database Regs and Cattle Identification Regs 1998.

Trade Marks Act and Trade Description Act infringements.

Disciplinary Proceedings

Appointed as Legal Assessor to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in 2010, Ros regularly advises panels who sit to consider the conduct and fitness to practise of doctors.

Regularly appears for both the Police Officer concerned, and the Appropriate Authority in Police disciplinary proceedings.

Is instructed in Fitness to Practise proceedings before the General Dental Council (GDC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Crime 

Ros has prosecuted and defended the most serious cases, from murder, rape and historic abuse on children to money laundering and fraud.  She has a reputation for handling cases that involve particularly vulnerable individuals (witnesses or defendants) either because of their age or their mental health.  Recent cases include:-

R v Graham - represented a teaching assistant charged with grooming type offences on a pupil

R v Peacock  - represented mother accused of being involved in the death of her 18 month old son.

R v Glendinning  - prosecuted 19yr old defendant with autism in respect of serious sexual assaults on 6 different young girls

R v Skirving, Burns, Dougherty and Storey - prosecuted 4 men in respect of financial fraud against Darlington Borough Council, one of whom was an “insider”.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association

LECTURES & SEMINARS 

Contributes to Trinity's ongoing programme of seminars covering topics including professional disciplinary hearings (police and NMC/HCPC), public interest immunity, disclosure and Coroners Inquests.

PUBLIC ACCESS 

Ros is qualified to receive instructions direct from businesses, professionals and members of the public. Any such requests should be directed to her clerks in the first instance. For further details visit

 www.rosscottbell.co.uk